Monday, February 6, 2023

Last second shot leads West Geauga past Independence

Independence played well enough to win at West Geauga on Saturday but a last second shot by Lindsey Stanforth gave the host Wolverines the 47-45 victory.

The Blue Devils led 13-8 after the first quarter and 26-20 at halftime. West Geauga entered the fourth quarter with a one point lead and came up with a clutch shot at the end to seal its first win of the year.

“The kids played hard,” said Independence coach Mike Marcinko. “Too many turnovers; that was the difference. Both teams made the same amount of shots and free throws.”

Megan Kuczmarski led the Blue Devils with 16 points while Haylee Dmitruk scored 10, Riley Wilson finished with six, Hanah Walker had seven, Sophie Piteo finished with four and Kaitlin Richards pitched in with two.

Stanforth led the Wolverines with 17 points and Bridgette Sexton finished with 12.

West Geauga improved to 1-1 on the year. The Wolverines host Geneva on Wednesday. Independence dropped to 1-2. The Blue Devils host Richmond Heights on Wednesday.

Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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